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I need a simple excel macro and I'm willing to pay.

I often (upwards of 15 times a day) need to select some of the text within a cell or textbox in Excel, and format it bold and red. Not all the text in the cell/box -- just the text I select. Is it possible to write macros to do this task? And where should I go to find someone to write it? [more inside]
posted by NoiselessPenguin on Mar 24, 2015 - 13 answers

Are There Jobs Out There for Really Junior Developers?

I'm a brand-new grad of a web developer bootcamp and so am just starting out with JavaScript and Ruby. I wasn't the best in my class but I certainly wasn't one of the worst. I love coding and want so badly to become better at it, but I'm finding my bootcamp program's claim that 90% of grads are employed as programmers in 90 days to be very unlikely based on the two interviews I've bombed. Can there really be jobs out there for a bootcamp-grad junior programmer without a CS degree? [more inside]
posted by Yoko Ono's Advice Column on Mar 19, 2015 - 25 answers

Article about unmaintainable software on bank mainframes

Please help me locate an article I read online a couple of years ago. Essentially it went like this: the core software that banks use to run transactions is very old and hard to maintain, and they're terrified of breaking something by trying to integrate new features. Therefore, "instant" transactions via online banking aren't really instant: what actually happens is that there's an elaborate front-end emulating the functionality of the core system. Every night the front-end system delivers all the queued-up "faked" transactions to the core system, which actually processes them. [more inside]
posted by pont on Mar 19, 2015 - 4 answers

How should I educate myself for a career in programming?

I'm almost 30, with few marketable skills to speak of and a bleak financial future in retail. There is no hope of that changing without doing something different. After a lot of thought and a great deal of procrastination, I've decided that pursuing my interest in programming professionally is my best option. The issue is deciding how to educate myself in my chosen field. [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics on Mar 18, 2015 - 12 answers

Are you a female programmer? Do you like/LOVE it? Do tell!

As I plan my own transition into a career in programming/IT, I'm looking to hear from women who already work in the field and are happy about it. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Mar 16, 2015 - 12 answers

How to switch fields to web development/coding?

I'm thinking about switching fields into web development in the near to mid future, but have a few questions about skills and code portfolios. I'd also like any general advice you all have on how to do this as someone with basic programming skills, but no specific knowledge of web development. [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Mar 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Education book involving a classroom 'simulating' a computer program

My mother was a secondary school teacher, and roughly 15-20 years ago I was reading a book of hers that involved a classroom game or experiment or lesson where each child in the class followed a set of individual instructions, passing information around to other kids and making decisions and so on. The net result of all of this was that the whole classroom would end up effectively running a program to play a game - I *think* it was noughts and crosses, but it was a reasonably complex program with maybe 20 separate sets of instructions for different people. [more inside]
posted by xiw on Mar 7, 2015 - 1 answer

Whiteboard anxiety

In a few weeks I will begin interviewing for programming jobs. I'm having a lot of anxiety over the technical interview. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Mar 3, 2015 - 30 answers

Is software development a good job for someone with depression?

My job is most likely making my depression worse. Is software development a viable alternative, or am I going to run into the same issues there? (Details inside) [more inside]
posted by anaximander on Mar 2, 2015 - 10 answers

ASP.NET Web Forms: This all feels wrong to me!

I am taking a class in ASP.NET web forms to make web sites after learning how to make web sites using front end tools with MVC for server stuff. Everything I'm doing seems at odds with what I've learned in the past. I'd like to know how web forms are used by professionals doing actual work. [more inside]
posted by coreywilliam on Feb 28, 2015 - 10 answers

What programming language/technology should I master to make a living?

I have a solid foundation in computer programming (and theory) but have been mostly out of this field for several years, and not developing my skills. Assume I'm putting in the time and focus to really master something new. What language or technology (or area of application?) in programming could I master that would give me the best shot at becoming a valuable freelance contractor and making a living? Something rare and valuable (or which there's high demand for regardless) which works with being freelance. Your guidance would be appreciated Internets.
posted by Kirn on Feb 26, 2015 - 17 answers

Predictive analytics basics for programmers?

I'm looking for resources that discuss the basics of data mining and building predictive models. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Feb 8, 2015 - 9 answers

How much and what type of math is beneficial to programming?

How much and what type of math is beneficial to programming? What are the prerequisites / pathways to grokking this kind of math? [more inside]
posted by man down under on Jan 29, 2015 - 15 answers

Academic papers that describe 3D bin-packing algorithms?

I'd like to find academic papers that describe 3D bin-packing algorithms clearly enough to be implemented. In particular, I'm looking for algorithms suitable for packing 3D cuboid objects that can be rotated into known, pre-set bins. [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Jan 23, 2015 - 3 answers

When is a last name left lowercase?

I'm writing a piece of software to go through a very large database and format last names in their correct casing (i.e., smith or SMITH or sMith to Smith.) However, I'm obviously aware some names should be kept as lowercase—but what names? [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire on Jan 21, 2015 - 17 answers

Intermediate/Advanced Java Programming Books?

I'm a software developer with several years of experience under my belt. Lately, I've been working with lots of Java code, but have very little formal Java training. Unfortunately, most of the resources that I've found seem to target people with little/no programming experience OR lots of basic Java experience. Can anybody recommend books or other resources that teach Java, from the perspective of a developer who is already experienced with OOP and other C-style languages? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Jan 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Programming Help - Windows 8 and "Connected Standby"

I want to disable my mouse during "Connected Standby", a special sleep mode that Windows 8 uses. This is to stop my mouse from waking up my tablet. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by o310362 on Jan 13, 2015 - 1 answer

Job path for a bioengineering PhD?

I need a job/career. I have a PhD in bioengineering. I spent that time analyzing brain data in Matlab. Then I got an intense programming job in Manhattan. I lasted for 10 months: It was so aversive that I worked too slowly and finally had to resign. What do you do? Do you like it? What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jan 8, 2015 - 5 answers

Anyone have experience with Big Cartel?

I'm trying to change the header link on a product page to redirect to a certain URL, instead it brings me back to 'products'. I'm stumped, I cant seem to find the [a href] in the code concerning this. This is in regards to the mobile page only. If anyone has any idea, please let me know! http://s10.postimg.org/o7h5r31rt/image.png
posted by MrLLG on Jan 4, 2015 - 1 answer

Arduino/Christmas lights projects for beginners

What are some good Arduino projects involving Christmas lights for someone new to microcontrollers? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Jan 2, 2015 - 9 answers

regarding boardgame copyrights

If I were to program a barebones game client for a commercially sold boardgame, say Settlers of Catan, for example, would I be violating some sort of copyright? This would be for my own amusement / practice, to be run locally only (I'm assuming releasing the source code would definitely be a no-no), I would essentially only be implementing the game rules and not using the official images in any way.
posted by oracle bone on Dec 30, 2014 - 14 answers

How can I find a programming job with purpose?

I've been working as a software engineer for 10+ years an I really love programming, but the jobs I've had so far haven't filled me with a sense of purpose. How can I find a job where the work I'm doing has a positive effect on the world? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 22, 2014 - 21 answers

How to print an envelope or two on the Mac?

How can I simply print an envelope or two from my Mac to any printer that can handle envelopes? I'm printing directly on the envelope, but it's a standard #10 envelope--no labels, no odd sizes. I'd like USPS barcodes. I've got a copy of EasyEnvelopes and I've been trying to print from it, but nothing happens on my printer and I can't update it because they charge for it now. Printing other docs works fine. [more inside]
posted by tellumo on Dec 22, 2014 - 6 answers

Game design competition, for children?

Do you know of a program like First Lego League, but for game design? This is for some 12-year-olds who are into programming, and could benefit from more structure. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 16, 2014 - 2 answers

Best book or free program to teach kids to code?

Looking for an easy introduction to coding for a 12 year old. It has to be something he can do on his own, without much adult input. He loves art, drawing, and creating his own cartoon characters, so visual references are a must.
posted by bartlett on Nov 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Should I go to school to be a SysAdmin?

I can't find work in my field and am increasingly desperate. I need to find some kind of path to employment and have been looking at my options in my local community college. Can you all help me make sense of IT as a career option? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2014 - 12 answers

How to build a certain kind of blog

I want to create a blog for my students to explore math content. [more inside]
posted by klausman on Nov 12, 2014 - 8 answers

Lego Mindstorms or something better for my nieces/nephews?

I have six nieces and nephews ranging in age from 4 to 9 spread over two households, and I am thinking of getting each household a set of Lego Mindstorms for Christmas. The cost of the sets means I would not get them any other presents, so the kids would need to share. [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Nov 11, 2014 - 19 answers

The best ingredients for a RaspberryPi (or Arduino, other equivalent)?

Can you explain what the differences between Raspberry Pi, Arduino or equivalent is in terms a non-techno-savvy 5 year old could understand? What do I need for the best Raspberry Pi (or equivalent) system / computer (?) for an IT developer? Difficulty - any suggestions will need to be available in Canada. [more inside]
posted by apcmwh on Nov 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Speech recognition software for a programmer?

Can speech recognition software be used to write code? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel on Nov 6, 2014 - 6 answers

What's the simplest way to create a web-based CRUD application?

Are there any software frameworks that allow non-programmers to create simple CRUD applications? [more inside]
posted by gsteff on Nov 4, 2014 - 11 answers

Balanced team schedules based on seeding

I'm running a fantasy football league in which we have 10 teams. The first 9 weeks were round-robin style, with each team playing each other team exactly once. My plan was to schedule weeks 10 through 13 (four weeks) such that each team played a mix of stronger and weaker opponents based on the standings in weeks 1 through 9, then use the week 1-13 results to seed teams for the playoffs in weeks 14-16, but I'm having trouble developing an approach for generating these balanced week 10-13 matchups fairly. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Nov 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Which data structures changed the world?

In my last question, I asked for algorithms that changed the world. Now I'd like to know, what are the data structures that changed the world? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Nov 1, 2014 - 16 answers

Programming language for CAD

I'd like to find a programming language that compiles to line drawings. [more inside]
posted by Leon on Oct 31, 2014 - 13 answers

People who liked Rstudio also liked [this Python IDE]

ISO Python IDE. Edit code on one side of the screen. Run code on other. That's it. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Oct 31, 2014 - 14 answers

Fun coding projects for (re)learning programming?

I'm looking for interesting coding-project suggestions, preferably, but not necessarily, for execution in Python, ObjectiveC, or Unity. [more inside]
posted by vaguelyweird on Oct 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Surviving the editorial process

If you are a writer (nonfiction or fiction), a designer, or a programmer, how do you survive the editorial process with your self-esteem intact? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Oct 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Software Development Proposal and Hiring Process for n00bs

If only one of us could program, and our department was able to fully fund a research position, we'd be set. As that is not the case, how can 10-15 busy and financially strapped masters and doctoral students find and fund someone to create a piece of software to create, run, and output data for human learning experiments? Challenge level: no institutional support likely, northeast US. [more inside]
posted by shortskirtlongjacket on Oct 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Programming for Robotics

I'm just started helping the local high school's robotics team as a programming mentor. They've worked in LabView before and are trying Robot C this year as well. Are there more "modern" languages that would be easier to work with? They compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition; I don't know if that restricts the options. [more inside]
posted by yerfatma on Oct 3, 2014 - 8 answers

Suggestions for intro to functional programming

I’m looking for a great, homey-but-mathematically sophisticated introduction to Functional Programming book / doc / etc. Don’t mind much what language. (Swift is my primary interest, but realize this is unlikely.) [more inside]
posted by ~ on Sep 30, 2014 - 11 answers

How to give a technical software interview

I’m a software developer at a small startup. I'm giving a technical interview next week. My CTO will be doing the interview with me, and wants me to ask several algorithms/data structures whiteboard questions. I have very little experience either giving or receiving technical interviews, no traditional CS background, and am stressed out by whiteboard coding (also just socially anxious in general). What questions should I ask? [more inside]
posted by introcosm on Sep 30, 2014 - 15 answers

Good books about computer science fundamentals for newcomers?

My friend and I are interested in recommendations for books that explain fundamentals of computer science for readers without any prior knowledge - preferably not just about how to write code, but about computer science in a larger sense, and illustrated is especially helpful. For example, around 2003 I read a slim library book with explanations of fundamental computer science topics (including binary, machine code, and how compilers work) with cheesy 90s graphics, but I don't remember the title. What was that book, and what are others like it? [more inside]
posted by dreamyshade on Sep 30, 2014 - 10 answers

C++ for Snowflakes

I'm looking to get good at C++ fast. I have a math phd and many years of experience with collaborative python development (including just a small touch of cython), but now need to start coding in C++. What are some good resources to get me where I'm going?
posted by kaibutsu on Sep 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Explain computers to me like I'm five.

Say someone is completely technologically inept; I mean, they can find their way around the Internet and Microsoft Office and the most very basic HTML but otherwise they are clueless. Say this person has a lot of free *ahem*unemployed*ahem* time on their hands and would like to brush up on their knowledge, and bring themselves up-to-date on the 21st century. What resources, ideally free, are out there for this? [more inside]
posted by celtalitha on Sep 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Learning Programming Intensively != Intensive Bootcamp

How would you run the cost-benefit analysis of learning to program on one's own versus completing a programming bootcamp? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Sep 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Career advice for a recent college grad looking to change direction

I recently quit my full-time job and I'm figuring things out. I have some ideas on what to do next, and I'm looking for some feedback and, as always, additional ideas and perspective. [more inside]
posted by lhtw90 on Sep 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Who can do this web video programming project?

How do I find someone who can make our series of educational web videos interactive (with quizzes and links), and how much will it cost? [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor on Sep 4, 2014 - 5 answers

Learning to use classes in C#

Mr. Killian is struggling in an intro to C# programming class, specifically learning to use classes. Are there online resources out there that would supplement his classroom work? [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Aug 31, 2014 - 12 answers

Must automate, ASAP.

Dear Metafilter, I need to automate some tasks at work, and I'd like to make it happen quickly. [more inside]
posted by schooley on Aug 29, 2014 - 13 answers

I want to search Wikipedia for a list of people alive over 90 years old

I want to use the massive wikipedia database to look for people alive in a given profession that match a certain criteria such as age or their alma mater. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue on Aug 29, 2014 - 4 answers

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